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U18s 1-3 Leeds - report

16 March 2015

United's youngsters slipped to a home defeat against Leeds United, but Coach Travis Binnion outlined it's more about development and preparation at this stage of the season rather than results.

Reflecting on this loss, Travis commented: "We performed well in possession and should have scored more than one goal.

"We are getting there with our performance level now, but we must focus on the fine details that often decide a game, individuals need to be more consistent and clinical, particularly in both penalty areas.

"We continue to use a very young squad, that has been the case since the start of December and results have suffered because of that in some respects, with many second year scholars out on-loan in non-league or playing regularly for the U21s.

"But for the youngsters it is about progression, in that respect things have gone well and lads are stepping up to the next challenge.

"The lads currently in the U18s are find it very hard but they will benefit from this next season and it was always our intention to do things this way this season."

Having seen Slew waste a golden chance to opening the scoring, the visitors punished United in the 14th minute, capitalising on a misplaced pass by Hinchliffe.

Leeds had chances to double their advantage before the break, but the Blades could have levelled on the stroke of half-time when Ramsey just failed to connect with Adebowale's flick on.

The home side were quickly out of the traps in the second-half and deservedly equalised in the 55th minute. Slew played in BROOKS with a lovely weighted pass and the youngster finished coolly under pressure.

Leeds regained the lead against the run of play ten minutes later though and again United contributed to the own downfall.

Chances came and went as United search a second equaliser, but Leeds made the game safe with a disputed penalty late on.

Blades: Ramsdale, Charlesworth, Brown, Hinchliffe, Adebowale, Kelly, Brooks, Ishmail (Burton 69), Slew, Gordon, Ramsey (Hutchinson 66).
Unused: Perryman, Fixter, Semple.​

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